Police say 2,246 medically preserved fetal remains were found on the property of Ulrich George Klopfer, a late abortion doctor who used to operate a South Bend clinic.
Klopfer died on Sept. 3.
On Sept. 12, the Will County (Illinois) Coroner’s Office received a call from an attorney representing his family. They reported finding fetal remains among Klopfer’s personal property and requested proper removal.
Will County sheriff’s detectives, crime scene investigators and representatives from the coroner’s office went to the address and were directed to an area of the property where 2,246 medically preserved fetal remains were located.
The coroner’s office took possession of the remains.
There is no evidence that any medical procedures were conducted at the property, according to the sheriff’s office, and the family is cooperating fully with the investigation.
The Indiana Medical Licensing Board voted to suspend Klopfer’s medical license indefinitely back in 2015. He operated the Women’s Pavilion in South Bend, as well as abortion clinics in Fort Wayne and Gary.
In a statement, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance said: “All of us at Whole Woman’s Health Alliance are shocked by yesterday’s news. We join the community seeking more information and awaiting the results of the investigation…Whole Woman’s Health of South Bend is proud to serve the community with high-quality abortion care services that respect the dignity of women and families. We adhere to the highest healthcare standards and we treat our patients with compassion and respect when they need it most.”
Also in a statement, U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski said: “Every human life is precious, and every woman and baby deserves care and respect. This tragic case shows why abortion providers must be held to strict guidelines and face rigorous oversight. I will be looking into federal legislation to ensure the remains of aborted babies are always treated with dignity, including in the case of chemical abortions.”